How will Defence Maintenance help me? This formula provides generous levels of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E along with Zinc and Selenium, to help maintain a healthy immune system. Contains essential nutrients and includes whole food sources of micronutrients to maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin A contributes to the normal function of the immune system, and the maintenance of normal skin, mucous membranes and vision. Also required for the maintenance of normal iron metabolism. Vitamin C contributes towards a reduction in tiredness and fatigue and the normal functioning of the immune and nervous system. Used in the protection of cells from oxidative stress, normal collagen formation and increased iron absorption. About the Immune System We live in a world of natural poisons and man-made pollutants. These environmental pollutants, along with a poor diet and other harmful habits such as smoking and lack of rest, can reduce the body’s ability to protect itself from harmful bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other factors that can lead to health problems. The immune system works in partnership with other protective body systems. For example, the skin forms a physical barrier against foreign materials, while the respiratory system uses coughing to rid the body of inhaled microbes and pollutants. When foreign materials overcome the body’s other protective mechanisms, the immune (defence) system begins operating. Zinc contributes to normal cognitive function, normal vision and function of the immune system. Is Defence Maintenance suitable for everyone? This product contains Vitamin A in the form of Retinol. Do not take if you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant except on the advice of a doctor or ante-natal clinic. It also contains traces of porcine gelatine, which are used as part of the manufacturing process, so avoid if you do not eat pork.